Purpose: To give final instructions and encouragement to Timothy, pastor of the church at Ephesus. Author: Paul Original Audience: Timothy
Date Written: Approx. A.D. 66 or 67, from prison in Rome. Paul was arrested and executed under Emperor Nero.
Setting: Paul was virtually alone in prison; only Luke was with him. Paul wrote this letter to pass the torch to the new generation of church leaders. He also asked for visits from his friends, for his books, especially the parchments --- possibly parts of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and other biblical manuscripts. Because this is Paul's last letter, it reveals his heart and his priorities -- sound doctrine, steadfast faith, confident endurance, and lasting love.
Reference: Life Application Study Bible, KJV.
On to week two.